My Favorite Italian Movies

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1. Ludwig (1973)

R | 238 min | Biography, Drama, History

The reign of the tormented Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from 1864 to 1886.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano

Votes: 4,052

2. Amarcord (1973)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia

Votes: 36,196

3. We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974)

124 min | Comedy, Drama

Three partisans bound by a strong friendship return home after the war, but the clash with everyday reality puts a strain on their bond.

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli, Stefano Satta Flores

Votes: 4,630

4. Padre Padrone (1977)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama

The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli, Fabrizio Forte

Votes: 3,336

5. Anima persa (1977)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Bizarre events keep occurring in an old mansion in Venezia, and it's soon obvious that something mysterious is up in the attic.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Deneuve, Danilo Mattei, Anicée Alvina

Votes: 648

6. Deep Red (1975)

R | 127 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

A jazz pianist and a wisecracking journalist are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril

Votes: 28,396

7. The Invisible Boy (2014)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Michele is thirteen year old, shy, unpopular at school, and in love with Stella. After wearing a costume for a Halloween party, he finds out that he's invisible.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Ludovico Girardello, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 2,896

8. Infanzia, vocazione e prime esperienze di Giacomo Casanova, veneziano (1969)

123 min | Biography, Comedy, History

Through the childhood and the adolescence of Giacomo Casanova (from his memoirs), this is a description of how people live in the Venice of the 18th century: customs, habits, medecine, ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Leonard Whiting, Maria Grazia Buccella, Lionel Stander, Raoul Grassilli

Votes: 228

9. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Romance

When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 27,718 | Gross: $38.90M

11. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

R | 94 min | Drama, History, War

The story of the Finzi-Continis, a noble family of Ferrara, during the Jewish persecution in Italy's 1930s.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger, Fabio Testi

Votes: 5,551 | Gross: $0.60M

12. Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966)

GP | 83 min | Horror, Mystery

A Carpathian village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl, prompting a coroner and a medical student to uncover her secrets while a witch attempts to protect the villagers.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Erika Blanc, Fabienne Dali, Piero Lulli

Votes: 5,280

13. The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2010)

118 min | Drama

Non-linearly follows two kids, rejected by their peers, who become friends. They separate later in life and dedicate to their careers. Still, they feel as if something is missing.

Director: Saverio Costanzo | Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Marinelli, Arianna Nastro, Vittorio Lomartire

Votes: 3,134

14. Mamma Roma (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Having renounced her ignominious past, a former streetwalker reunites with her son. However, an extortion scheme endangers her aspirations for a decent bourgeois life. Can she protect him from the same snares that wounded her youth?

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini

Votes: 7,487

15. Metello (1970)

107 min | Drama, History

Metello struggles to escape from the poverty that led to the premature death of his parents, and that is the lot of the working class in northern Italy during the second half of the 19th ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Massimo Ranieri, Ottavia Piccolo, Frank Wolff, Tina Aumont

Votes: 201

16. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 18,773 | Gross: $0.25M

17. The Desert of the Tartars (1976)

PG | 140 min | Drama, History, War

Lieutenant Giovanni Drogo is assigned to the old Bastiani border fortress where he expects an imminent attack by nomadic fearsome Tartars.

Director: Valerio Zurlini | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Vittorio Gassman, Giuliano Gemma, Helmut Griem

Votes: 1,735

18. The Best of Youth (2003)

R | 366 min | Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An Italian epic that follows the lives of two brothers, from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Jasmine Trinca, Adriana Asti

Votes: 19,278 | Gross: $0.25M

19. Before the Revolution (1964)

105 min | Drama, Romance

Following the death of his friend, an Italian youth grows increasingly closer to his young aunt.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Adriana Asti, Francesco Barilli, Allen Midgette, Morando Morandini

Votes: 2,197

20. Vincere (2009)

Unrated | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon

Votes: 5,024 | Gross: $0.62M

21. The Great Beauty (2013)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso

Votes: 73,797 | Gross: $2.85M

22. Tale of Tales (2015)

R | 134 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

72 Metascore

From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly

Votes: 24,582 | Gross: $0.08M

23. Leopardi (2014)

143 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based upon the short but fruitful life of illness-racked Italian poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi.

Director: Mario Martone | Stars: Elio Germano, Michele Riondino, Massimo Popolizio, Anna Mouglalis

Votes: 2,266

24. Golden Door (2006)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

74 Metascore

The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. ... See full summary »

Director: Emanuele Crialese | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Vincent Schiavelli, Aurora Quattrocchi

Votes: 4,557 | Gross: $1.06M

25. The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, History

Peasant life in a feudal farm in rural Italy at the end of the 19th century.

Director: Ermanno Olmi | Stars: Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli, Antonio Ferrari

Votes: 4,803

26. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

R | 229 min | Crime, Drama

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Votes: 284,568 | Gross: $5.32M

27. The Organizer (1963)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, History

A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Gabriella Giorgelli, Folco Lulli

Votes: 2,144

28. Mia Madre (2015)

R | 106 min | Drama

70 Metascore

Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti

Votes: 6,307 | Gross: $0.30M

29. Sicilian Ghost Story (2017)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

70 Metascore

Against a heavy cloak of secrecy, a 12-year-old girl smitten with her handsome classmate ventures deeper and deeper into the enchanted Sicilian forests to find him, unaware of just how thick is the mystery behind his strange disappearance.

Directors: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza | Stars: Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari, Andrea Falzone

Votes: 1,491 | Gross: $0.02M

30. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio, Orazio Orlando

Votes: 7,893



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